October 19, 2009

GT defense hoping to break the streak

The Georgia Tech football team hit the practice field on Monday to begin preparations for their huge ACC showdown with Virginia in Charlottesville. The Jackets have not won there in almost two decades and that fact along with the importance of this game is not being lost on the coaching staff. Defensive Coordinator Dave Wommack's defense had a stellar performance against Virginia Tech last week and he is hoping for more of the same against a dangerous Cavilers team.

"We worked on fits against their offense today," Wommack said. "I think it is real important that we have three more good days of practice right here because they are a dangerous team. You look back at their record in October and the way they have been playing the last three weeks it is dangerous. Our success ratio has not been very good, somebody told me the last time we won there was 1990. They are a talented team with good players and good offensive line and they have had injuries like we have, but I expect they will have most of their guys back this week."

Prior to the Virginia Tech game the buzz phrase that Wommack and head coach Paul Johnson used was flying to the football. Wommack said he saw a lot of that on the game tape from Saturday night's performance.

"I thought overall going to the football as a defense we played better. We got a better push up front. We still have a long way to go in the pass rush category. If we are not bringing people, we have a hard time getting a four-man rush on people. That hurt us late in the game. They are trying and working hard upfront, but we have a ways to go to have a successful weekend."

Stopping the quarterback duo of Jameel Sewell and Vic Hall will be one of the keys for a Jacket victory this week. Wommack says it can be hard to contain them because of the variety of looks Virginia uses.

"I don't know if there is one area of concern, but they have been pretty multiple in both personnel and plays. Their quarterback runs the ball a lot and they do that quarterback read, but he usually hands it off every time. Sewell runs the ball a lot when he is in there and then sometimes they go with Hall to do stuff. I thought last year they executed well against us and their game plan was as good as anyone they play."

The use of multiple quarterbacks throws an extra wrinkle for the Tech defense to prepare for. Wommack says there are backup calls for when the Cavs change quarterbacks mid-possession.

"I think you have to watch enough film and practice those things enough so it will not be a shock to anybody," Wommack said. "You have to shift gears. I think there are certain things you do against certain quarterbacks."

Bedford enjoys ACC honor

For the second time this season, Georgia Tech center Sean Bedford earned All-ACC Offensive Lineman of the Week honors. Previously Bedford received the award for his performance against North Carolina. Cord Howard won the award last week.

"It feels great, but honestly I am just very fortunate to be recognized," Bedford said. "The offensive line, individual recognition is a reflection on how far the group has come and I think we were much maligned at the beginning of part of this year and last year. We have turned it around and come a long way from there."


Defensive end Anthony Egbuniwe returned to the practice field on Monday for the first time in two weeks after being finally cleared by the medical staff for play.

Linebacker Julian Burnett remains questionable for the Virginia game after suffering an undisclosed injury in the Virginia Tech game.

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